So, after my first post I really haven't had chance to accomplish much tech wise. I did manage to make a home office with the full intention of learning/bringing up to scratch some of my tech skills, but my job has just gotten in the way of that. A bummer but I have a really nice space to chill out when the time comes, and the girls have somewhere to do their homework.
But what I really want to talk about is my iPad-as-a-laptop setup. You see whilst I haven't really done anything I originally planned to do, I have used it for a bunch of "normal" tasks that includes a fair bit of keyboard usage... and I cheaped out on the keyboard. Let me give you this advice:
Of course I wasn't expecting Apple (or even Logitech) quality from a cheap Amazon product (this is the keyboard I bought), but holy...
- It will often totally disconnect.
- It will often just give up a function i.e. typing input is ignored but cmd+tab will work. Turning it off and on fixes this, but still.
- It will often just ignore a few keystrokes. Most often the spacebar.
- The trackpad is awful. Thankfully it can be disabled.
Now — as I said — my expectations weren't high but but for nearly £50 I expect the keys to work and my frustrations to be low. I can handle clicky keys, the weight, the cheap plastic, but when you have to be super vigilant about simple things like the spacebar, it's a deal breaker for me. I did consider leaving in all the missed key strokes for this article, but I'm not that cruel.
My cheap "Apple Pencil", well that's a different story...